Wickland Baptist Church exists to fulfill the great commission:
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
We fulfill the great commission by engaging people through 4 areas:
Connect - to God/Christ and each other
Relationships: Cultivate loving, lasting, and caring relationships with God and each other
Worship: Celebrate God through corporate and private worship and prayer
Community: Connect people to Christ in a Christian community
Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Grow - in spiritual maturity
Prayerful Dependence: Connect with God about everything, all the time
Discipleship: Develop a sincere passion to know God and follow his word
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Serve - giving your time, talents and resources
Missionary Mentality: Serve in ministry opportunities for our church and our community
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NKJV)
10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Go - to the community and the world, spreading the word
Evangelism/Missions: Share Christ intentionally with our local and global communities
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,